Tammy and the T-Rex

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Tammy and the T-Rex
Theatrical release poster
Directed byStewart Raffill
Written byGary Brockette
Stewart Raffill
StarringDenise Richards
Paul Walker
George Pilgrim
John Franklin
Sammy Whalen
Ellen Dubin
Greenline Productions
Distributed byImperial Entertainment
Release date
1994 (1994)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tammy and the T-Rex is a 1994 science fiction/comedy starring Denise Richards, Paul Walker, George Pilgrim and John Franklin. The low-budget film centers around the life of small town high school student Tammy, Michael (Tammy's boyfriend), and Billy Bad (Tammy's Ex-boyfriend).


The film opens with Tammy at cheerleader practice, while her boyfriend Michael walks in from football practice to observe. The two of them meet Byron, Tammy's gay friend, who approves of Michael as her new boyfriend. Shortly thereafter, Tammy's violent and jealous ex-boyfriend Billy arrives with his gang and harasses Michael. A fight erupts between the two. However, the police arrive to break up the fight and take Billy into custody, but Tammy, unable to deal with the events, breaks down and runs away in tears.

The scene then cuts to a figure of a T-Rex in a dark warehouse as two people, Dr. Wachenstein and his assistant Helga, walk through the doors. The lights come on and the T-Rex figure begins to move, being controlled by someone in a room. The Dr. is impressed by the robotic dinosaurs strength, and reveals his plan to implant a living human brain into the robot to give it consciousness, mobility and, "immortality".

Later that night, Michael sneaks out to see Tammy. They are soon interrupted by Billy and his thugs, who chase and catch Michael. They throw him into the wild Animal Park where lions and jaguars run loose. A lion mauls Michael and he is left in a comatose state. He is brought to a hospital where his intoxicated uncle watches over him.

Dr. Wachenstein and Helga declare Michael dead so they can use his brain to control their robotic T-Rex. After his brain is installed, Michael escapes and wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors and is reunited with his sweetheart Tammy.[1] She realizes the dinosaur is Michael and begins a search to find a more suitable body for him. However Dr. Wachenstein is in hot pursuit of his creation. This leads to a chase that ends with Michael killing the doctor. Police officers open fire and destroy the mechanical dinosaur. Tammy manages to recover Michael’s brain. In the end she takes it home with her and hooks his brain up to her computer, speakers and video camera which is temporary until they find a new body for him. Through the set up Michael is able to speak and see, which allows him to view Tammy performing a striptease. This causes the brain hookups to spark.[2]

Filming locations[edit]

The first few minutes of the film take place in Newbury Park, California at Newbury Park High School. The film crew kept the local panther mascot and decorations during the filming.



Stewart Raffill says he was approached by a man who owned theatres in South America who had an animatronic T Rex which was going to a park in Texas. "The eyes worked. The arms moved. The head moved. He had it for two weeks before it was going to be shipped to Texas and he came to me and said, “We can make a movie with it!” I said, “What’s the story?” and he said, “I don’t have a story, but we have to start filming within the month!” and so I wrote the story in a week."[3]

Raffill says all the locations were within 25 minutes of his house. He says there was a big fire during the shoot and some smoke can be seen in some shots.[3]

Raffill says, "I was just trying to do a film for people that like wacky movies. In other words, you laugh at the experience that I was facing which is, what the hell are you meant to do with this material? I was sticking all this shit in it, just to make it work. Of course, when you only have a week to work on a script, it is a bit thin! I’m also the biggest plagiarist, I’m constantly asking the cast and crew if they have anything better that they can add."[3]


  1. ^ "Plot Summary" imdb.com. Retrieved on May 20, 2009
  2. ^ "Plot Summary" wsu.edu. Retrieved on May 20, 2009
  3. ^ a b c "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Stewart Raffill, director of TAMMY AND THE T-REX, MAC & ME and THE ICE PIRATES". Bristol Bad Film Club. May 12, 2018.